5 Worst Fast-Food/Chain Restaurant Salads

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Granted, if you go to a fast food or chain restaurant and order a salad, you're sort of asking for it. These institutions weren't founded to provide the people of the United States with interesting combinations of healthful garden fare and the addition of dishes involving fruits and vegetables to the menu was in large part a reluctant mood to get the federal government off their asses. Some of their salads are pretty good, some are decent, and some are...well...very misguided. Here are the five worst offenders:

5. Green Burrito Taco Salad (Carl's Junior). Leaving aside the fact that "green burrito" seems like an unpalatable euphemism, this salad is not a great choice for anyone actually seeking to fulfill their RDA of vegetables. Of the components ingredients, I've highlighted the actual veggies: "Crispy, bowl-shaped tortilla shell filled with spicy, seasoned ground beef, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, shredded lettuce, refried beans, sour cream, hot sauce and fresh-made salsa. Yikes.

4. Strawberry Fields Chicken Salad (Wendy's). You know what goes great with strawberries? Nope, it's not cured pork, but that's exactly what Wendy's pairs with the fruit. Things become even more confusing with the addition of chicken, blue cheese, and sunflower seeds, which alternately render the salad sour, salty, and liable to get stuck in your teeth. Finally, in keeping with the strawberry theme, Wendy's dresses this abhorrent concoction with apple balsamic vinaigrette...wait, what?

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gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Wendy's Caesar salad used to be pretty good, had one the other day and my gawd it was likely the worst thing I've ever eaten.

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

Why don't you go play in traffic and waits for the next drunken redneck with a beat-up dually to smash you to smithereens?

John Sweeney
John Sweeney

I also like the Wendy's salad... with the blue cheese. For fast food its really not bad.

Carol Nash
Carol Nash

I've only had one of the salads listed..the strawberry one from Wendy's. I gotta tell ya...if they will leave the freaking moldy bleu cheese off (which they do about half the time when you ask for it) it's a pretty decent salad. This reviewer's POV is VERY narrow.

justthefacts
justthefacts

The question is really, your majesty, is which salad at any restaurant fits your warped definition of a salad?

JohnnyB
JohnnyB

Bruce is an angry, angry man with a lot of free time on his hands.

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

Were you drunk or high when you wrote this? I certainly hope so. Your attempt at mean-spirited criticism is pretty stupid. All five of your items suck. Let's examine the McDonalds one:


"Similarly offensive for its misuse of pork, this salad suffers not only from the inclusion, but also the promotion, of two ingredients ("bacon" and "ranch") neither of which you would find in the garden."

Misuse of pork? Bacon in a salad is misuse of pork? Bacon in a salad is so common it's a cliche. The salad suffers because you won't find bacon or ranch dressing in a garden? Croutons aren't found in a garden but some people put them in their salads.

Your stupid comment about the term "oriental" is not original nor is your attempt to find it offensive. Let me explain what the term was intended to mean. Asia is a big continent. The part that might be referred to as oriental is the part where they might eat rice with chopsticks. For example that might include China but would exclude Turkey. It's not meant to be offensive.

And you don't like cold cuts in salad. Or sugar cured ham. Or bacon. Or non-garden items. Maybe you should have recused yourself from judging these salads because you seem to have some bizarre notion of what a salad is.

texmex01
texmex01 topcommenter

Spell much?

bridey.oleary
bridey.oleary

@Bruce_Are I like that telling me this "sucks" or my thoughts are "stupid" are the sophisticated heights to which you take your criticism. 

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

@bridey.oleary 

It's only offensive if you want it to be. You should go on a crusade to stamp out the term oriental in Houston. Start with all the restaurants in Houston with"oriental" in their name. I'd wager that most of these restaurants are owned by oriental people. Apparently they are too fresh off the boat to realize they gave their own restaurant an offensive name.

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

@bridey.oleary 

But I was careful to provide a foundation for these assertions. I gather that you are very bright but I think you phoned it in on this one. Be honest, did you even bother to eat any of these abhorrent salads or did you arrive at your conclusions by looking at pictures and reading descriptions?

 

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